BB820: Risk assesment of chemicals

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: English
EKA: N110010112, N110010102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N110010101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

04012001 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

A scientific level equal to a bachelor degree in natural- or technical science

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:

Have obtained a bachelor's degree in natural- or technical science and basic knowledge about ecotoxicological/toxicological definitions like dose-response and lethal concentrations. It is expected that the student is familiar with the potential harmful effects of chemicals on animals and humans.

Course introduction

For biologists and engineers who are employed in private and public environmental administration, risk assessment of chemicals will be a possible responsibility area. The course will supply the basic theory and terminology necessary for risk assessment of chemicals. The course will give practical experience in performing risk assessment of chemicals

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the achievement of a bachelor degree in natural-or technical science.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Give the competence to analyse and work with complex assignments and to work toward solutions as part of a team
  • Give skills to discover and utilise relevant knowledge in risk assessment of chemicals
  • Give knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis for risk assessment of chemicals

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Describe toxicological and ecotoxicological concepts used in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
  • be able to use the standard procedures used in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the demands for data necessary for carrying out a risk assessment
  • know the test systems used to demonstrate toxicity
  • Use the methods used in extrapolation from test systems to human and environmental adverse effects
  • Characterize the uncertainties associated with risk assessment of chemicals
  • be able to find and use relevant information about the toxicological and ecotoxicological adverse effects of chemicals
  • be able to perform risk assessment of specific, selected chemicals based on that knowledge.

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Principles of hazard and risk assessment of chemicals; basic principles in toxicology and ecotoxicology; data demands in human and environmental risk assessment; test systems; uncertainties in risk assessment; principles for regulation of use of chemicals; risk perception; principles for evaluation of pesticides; ecotoxicological effects in the aquatic and terrestrial environment and in sediments; calculation of PNEC values; models; uncertainty factors; QSAR; estimation of PEC values; how to find relevant data needed in risk assessment; chemicals policy in the EU.
  • Group work: the participants perform an environmental risk assessment on the basis of real data; a report is worked out.
  • The participants work with two risk assessments for chemicals finalized in the EU; these risk assessments are presented to the other participants in a seminar.
  • The participants search literature about the toxicological properties of a specific chemical; a report on this is worked out.

Literature

Risk assessment of chemicals, an introduction. 2nd edition. CJ Van Leuween & T.G Vermeire. 2007
See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Fall

Tests

Test

EKA

N110010112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course 

ECTS value

0

Additional information

2x2 hour test of the acquired skills.
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a).

Exam element a)

Timing

Fall

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam a) N110010101, BB820: Risk assesment of chemicals

Tests

Mandatory assignments

EKA

N110010102

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Exam aids allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

50 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Lectures have been choosen to give the basic theory and terminology of hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. Tutorials constitute the major part of the teaching because they supply practical experience in risk assessment of chemicals by use of databases, which are also used in professional risk assessment.

Activities during the stydyphase; It is expected that 75 h are used to finalize the tasks which have been initiated in the fixed tutorials.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Henrik Holbech hol@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Poul Bjerregaard Poul@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Timetable

36
Monday
06-09-2021
Tuesday
07-09-2021
Wednesday
08-09-2021
Thursday
09-09-2021
Friday
10-09-2021
08 - 09
09 - 10
10 - 11
11 - 12
12 - 13
13 - 14
14 - 15
Class f
Forelæsning
Class f
Forelæsning
15 - 16
Class f
Forelæsning
Class f
Forelæsning
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Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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